Wild Florida Photo - Solanum bahamense

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Solanum bahamense

BAHAMA NIGHTSHADE

CANKERBERRY

Florida native

 

A rare shrub of coastal hammocks and dunes from Martin County south to the Keys, and including the mainland portion of Monroe County. The range of this species includes the Bahamas, Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and Grand Cayman.
This unarmed plant with woody stems may grow to 2 m (~ 6') tall. The leaves are alternate, entire, oblong or lanceolate, and covered with minute, coarse hairs. The leaves can be up to 10 cm (4 in.) long and 3cm (1-1/4 in.) wide. The flowers, with a form typical of the nightshades, have five narrow blue petals. The fruit hangs in rows, initially green, then maturing to a bright red berry.
Some divide this species into three varieties, in which case the plants pictured here, having leaves longer than 2.5 cm, would be of the variety luxurians and would be a Florida endemic found only in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.

 
Solanum bahamense is a member of the Solanaceae - Potato family.

Other species of the Solanum genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Solanum capsicoides - SODA APPLE
  View  Solanum viarum - TROPICAL SODA APPLE
  View  Solanum chenopodioides - BLACK NIGHTSHADE
  View  Solanum dulcamara - CLIMBING NIGHTSHADE
  View  Solanum americanum - AMERICAN BLACK NIGHTSHADE
  View  Solanum carolinense var. carolinense - CAROLINA HORSENETTLE